As January progresses, your willpower may be flagging. Remember, it takes three weeks to form a new habit, and another nine to establish it.
But now is the critical time to stay strong. By resisting short-term temptation, you can move forwards and achieve the goals you have set in your professional and personal life.
Here are 3 hacks to bolster your willpower:
1 Remember to relax
Stress interferes with willpower. The more relaxed we are, the more we will achieve our willpower goals.
So get relaxing. Join a mindfulness or meditation class. You need to do it at least once per day – three times is better- but it will help immediately. Relaxation increases your longevity to take on more willpower challenges!
2 Practice makes perfect
Willpower is a mindset, which can be improved with practice, but is limitless as to what can be achieved.
Practice resisting temptation today. Start small with resisting a piece of chocolate then resisting going home instead of going to the gym.
Get the willpower habit.
3 Streamline your life
If you want to achieve a willpower challenge, streamline other bits of your life so that you can focus.
Good examples are President Obama who has a wardrobe full of exactly the same suits so no decisions have to be made each morning what to wear. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook has the same reasoning, wearing only grey T-shirts.
One decision less in a packed schedule.
- Willpower is ‘the ability to overcome instant gratification for long-term goals. We are in constant conflict with two parts of our brains: our higher brain, the prefrontal cortex, which makes rational decisions about what’s best for us; and the lower brain with its pleasure principle of ‘I want it now’. The key when faced with temptation is to stop, breathe and remember this
- If you believe you have it you do. Research which looked at groups of people asked to resist temptation discovered the major differentiator was belief in their own willpower.
To learn more, read Ros Taylor’s book ‘Willpower: discover it, use it and get what you want’, available now on Amazon